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  • Grayson urged not to neglect teachers

    INDEPENDENCE — Last month, Grayson County Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas spoke of a possible reduction in pay and/or a personnel cut to offset the expected $1.2 million shortfall from Governor Tim Kaine's proposed budget cuts.

    Those possibilities were on the minds of two people who spoke at a public hearing concerning the county's 2009-10 school budget on Feb. 9.

    Grayson Education Association President Rebecca Absher spoke first, representing the GCEA and the 156 teachers and other school employees who are members.

  • Tractor-trailers collide on I-77, killing one

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police have called in an accident reconstruction team to investigate a fatal wreck involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 77 Tuesday in northern Carroll County.

    The investigation is still underway and as of Wednesday, Sgt. Mike Conroy expected it to take some time to play out.

    In the meantime, Conroy released the name of the driver of the 2002 Peterbilt truck that crashed through the guardrail from the northbound lanes and through the median.

    He was identified Brian Scott Grubb, 39, of Anderson, S.C.

  • United Way serving more clients in hard times

    Celeste Amburn, the new executive director of the Twin County United Way, recently introduced herself to Galax City Council, saying that it's important to spread the word of TCUW since it is utilized more than ever by all walks of life.

    She said that since the downturn in the economy, TCUW is being used by people she never thought would end up needing assistance.

    “Everybody knows about the hospital and the other entities, but they don't know that we're located in Galax and serve Grayson and Carroll counties,” Amburn said.

  • Grayson supervisors set 2009 goals

    INDEPENDENCE — Times are tough across the Twin Counties, and Grayson supervisors are looking for ways to not only save money, but also to jump-start the economy.

    In January, supervisors put together a list of goals they hope to either accomplish in 2009 or be closer to accomplishing.

    Supervisors’ Chairman Mike Maynard asked each member to bring a couple ideas to the meeting.

    Maynard said he was looking for a half-dozen things that are manageable.

  • Public record for 1/28/09 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  

    For information on this column or questions, call Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in September in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

    Melvin Lee Dooley Jr., of Fries, guilty of bad check larceny of $126.23; pay $61 costs.

  • Shank named Carroll assistant administrator

    Just before 2009-2010 budget work sessions begin for Galax, the city's Director of Finance, Nikki Shank, has decided to resign and take a position as assistant county administrator in Carroll County.

    Shank said she put in her notice Feb. 5 and her last day will be Feb. 27.

    “The opportunity came up, and I'm looking forward to going to Carroll,” she said. “It's sad to be leaving the city .”

    Before becoming the city's director of finance in August 2004, Shank worked seven years as assistant finance director for the Town of Pulaski.

  • New school won't be ready by fall

    INDEPENDENCE — Despite earlier hopes that the Grayson Highlands School being built in the Western end of Grayson County would be complete prior to the start of the 2009-10 school year, contractors are now saying it will be December at the earliest.

    Mark Vannoy and Rodney Childress of J.R. Vannoy and Sons and Frank Williams of Pinnacle Architecture fielded questions from the Grayson School Board during its regular meeting Monday night.

    Board Member Shannon Holdaway wasted no time asking the tough questions and wanted to know the exact date construction began.

  • Virginia legislators disclose gifts

    General Assembly members reported accepting $222,937 in freebies last year, according to statements of economic interest filed by legislators in January.

    Virginia law allows politicians to receive gifts intended for their personal benefit, and does not limit the amount they can accept from special interests. The state requires only that any expenditure of $50 or more be reported.

    Lawmakers representing the Twin Counties accepted gifts in 2008 ranging from $53 for a single dinner to nearly $4,800 in dinners, speaker fees and NCAA tournament tickets.

  • Drugs, guns seized near school

    HILLSVILLE — Local police charged four people and seized nearly six pounds of marijuana, 28 guns and $12,800 in cash when they searched a home at 604 Woodlawn Road at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Carroll Sheriff Warren Manning reports.

    Carroll Investigators Fred Bobbitt and Venton Smith — working with colleagues from the Hillsville Police Department and the Virginia State Police — got the search warrant for the home of Charles Terry Caudill, 52, the sheriff said.

  • Lambsburg Rescue still in limbo

    HILLSVILLE — While a Lambsburg resident objected strongly to the halt on dispatching his community's volunteer rescue squad, the Carroll supervisors at their Feb. 9 meeting stood by the administrative decision to put a stop to the agency's emergency medical response.

    The action followed an alleged breach of protocol in December 2008, when Lambsburg Rescue Squad members did not provide necessary advanced life support on a call involving a heart attack.